Five Orthodox Words I Wish Everyone Knew

Five Orthodox Words I Wish Everyone Knew

I don’t know many languages, but in each one, there are words that I wish we had in English. The same is true in different dialects (for instance, I’m sorry that the word “y’all” isn’t commonly used by non-Southerners). But that desire to co-opt vocabulary is never more pronounced than...

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Remembering September 11

Remembering September 11

In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen. On this Sunday before the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, our church brings to mind for us the Cross of Christ. Christ was crucified upon the cross so that those who believe in Him may have...

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Divine Liturgy on Sunday before Holy Cross

Divine Liturgy on Sunday before Holy Cross

Tomorrow, we commemorate the birth of the Theotokos. Your birth, O Theotokos, brought joy to the whole world, for from you dawned the sun of righteousness, Christ our God. Freeing us from the curse, He gave us His blessings. Abolishing death, He granted us eternal life. Apolytikion in the Fourth...

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The Star: Plaques Commemorate Canada’s Lesser-Known Internment Camps

The Star: Plaques Commemorate Canada’s Lesser-Known Internment Camps

By: Brian Platt Staff Reporter A priest lights incense before a small plaque on a wall in a downtown Toronto cathedral and sings a Ukrainian Orthodox hymn. It’s a small ceremony to commemorate the internment of “enemy aliens” during the First World War: people living in Canada who happened to...

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Secret Agents for Byzantium

Secret Agents for Byzantium

Party like it’s 7523. That’s Etos Kosmou, time of the cosmos, on the Byzantine New Year, Sept. 1, also the start of the ecclesiastical year for the Orthodox Church (and if you missed it on the new calendar, it is coming up soon again on the old calendar). Not coincidentally,...

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How to Make an Olive Oil Vigil Lamp for Your Icon Corner

How to Make an Olive Oil Vigil Lamp for Your Icon Corner

“And you shall command the children of Israel that they bring you pure oil of pressed olives for the light, to cause the lamp to burn continually.” (Exodus 27.20) As a child, I remember always having an olive oil vigil lamp to light up the icons in my room. It...

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